I am new to using POSTGIS and PostgreSQL.

I am trying to convert PostGIS coordinates into lat and long values. When I copy one of the values and query like

SELECT ST_AsText('0101000000A7E8482EFFC55B402063EE5A42064140');

The query runs without an error. But when I try the query for the entire table column like

SELECT ST_AsText(GPS) from schema.table;

I am getting an error saying

" 0101000000A7E8482EFFC" <-- parse error at position 22 within geometry

The column data type is text. I am unsure why the ST_AsText is unable to read the whole text and stops at position 21.

Additional information:
PostgreSQL version : 10.7
pgAdmin : 4.5
PostGIS: 2.4.3

I am using Python SQLAlchemy to Insert the tables directly into PostgreSQL.

  • If you're trying to convert existing postgis geometry into lat and lon, could you try using the ST_X(GEOM), and ST_Y(geom) functions to see if those work instead? And, is the geometry valid on the point that is throwing the error? Jul 18, 2019 at 16:10
  • Also I see you've tagged pgadmin4 - try using DBeaver - the new geometry viewer is super useful, as well as dbeaver generally being a much better interface for an analyst vs. a database administrator... Jul 18, 2019 at 16:10
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    is the GPS column storing PostGIS' GEOMETRY bytea representation as TEXT?? That column really should be the appropriate GEOMETRY type. I guess the actual string literal of bytea can be cast implicitly when passed to ST_AsText, but not when passed as column reference...
    – geozelot
    Jul 18, 2019 at 16:15
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    @ThingumaBob running \df++ st_asText show an (undocumented) version that gets a text input, cast it to geometry and call the common `st_asText(geometry)`` function. This cast should be valid on txt/bytea
    – JGH
    Jul 18, 2019 at 17:00
  • @JGH aha! nice find, so you are absolutely right, it's the whitespaces rather than casting limtations. never thought someone would find this signature to be worth adding ,)
    – geozelot
    Jul 18, 2019 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


The error message mentions " 0101000000A7E8482EFFC", with a trailing space, which makes the geometry invalid.

The dirty solution is to trim your data

SELECT ST_AsText(TRIM(GPS)) from schema.table;
with src as (select ' 0101000000A7E8482EFFC55B402063EE5A42064140'::text txt)
select st_asText(txt::geometry) from src;

ERROR:  parse error - invalid geometry
HINT:  " 0101000000A" <-- parse error at position 12 within geometry

with src as (select ' 0101000000A7E8482EFFC55B402063EE5A42064140'::text txt)
select st_asText(trim(txt)) from src;

 POINT(111.0937 34.0489)
(1 row)

The clean solution, as suggested in the comments by @ThingumBob, is to have a real geometry column and to sanitize what you put in it.


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